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New Zealand String Quartet

Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir

Aotearoa/New Zealand

Composer: Ross Harris

Librettist: Vincent O’Sullivan

Traditional Taonga Puoro Composer: Horomona Horo

Conductor: Dr Karen Grylls ONZM

Director: Jonathan Alver

Tenor: Richard Greager

"Vibrant, meditative, pulsatinga seamless flow going from one set of textures to another" – Upbeat, SOUNZ

"A requiem of shattering power" – New Zealand Listener

Visionary and compelling, Requiem for the Fallen reflects on New Zealand’s role in World War I and its effect on our country over the last century. Profoundly moving, this is a multi-textured remembrance to our ancestors, to a time and to places still embedded in our collective memories.

A wide-ranging musical drama and a passionate plea against the horror of war, Requiem for the Fallen is written by composer Ross Harris, Poet Laureate Vincent O’Sullivan with taonga pūoro composer Horomona Horo. The performance interweaves the Latin text from the Requiem Mass with O’Sullivan’s words, taonga pūoro and string quartet.


Purcell Hear my prayer

Messiaen O Sacrum Convivium

Beethoven Molto adagio from String Quartet in A minor Opus 132

Schnittke Drei geistliche Gesänge

Harris Requiem for the Fallen

Commissioned by the New Zealand String Quartet Trust and Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust with funding from Creative New Zealand.

Requiem for the Fallen premiered at the New Zealand Festival 2014